Our commitment to revitalizing urban centers and building healthy metropolitan areas is renewed every day as the faculty reaches out to the Milwaukee community as a living laboratory for learning and discovery. The second year core courses and many elective courses involve students in real-life planning experiences. Students work in groups, under faculty supervision, for clients in the community. Students experience first-hand the challenges of articulating a vision, finding solutions, analyzing policies, and preparing plans.

In addition, the Milwaukee area offers an array of planning internships and opportunities that are made possible by faculty relationships with practitioners. Students have interned with dozens of different planning agencies, including:

  • Milwaukee Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative
  • Milwaukee Department of City Development and suburban planning offices
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
  • Consulting firms and not-for-profit organizations